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Submitted: Dec 04 2012 / 10:12

Minification is the act of stripping out unnecessary characters from code to reduce the size, and a minifier is the tool that does it. Most often, the term is applied to JavaScript although the technique can also be used on CSS and (to some extent) HTML. For the web master, the aim of minification is, of course, to reduce file size and thus speed up transfer times for clients. Using gzip compression offers bigger reductions in file size, and it’s often claimed that this makes minification redundant — a minified, gzipped page isn’t much smaller than an unminified, gzipped page. Although there is some truth in this argument, minification is still a useful technique.
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